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NOW_IM_IT Posts: 4,508
7/14/12 1:18 P

Hi Laura, Welcome to SP-it's good to have you join us! I hope you enjoy your time here & that it helps you in reaching all your goals!

SP works but like anything else, it works only when we do! Like so many here, I'd tried everything under the sun to lose wt, but SP is the only thing I've ever had real success at, and ENJOYED it!!

Surgery might be right for some, but it still requires a lifestyle change to keep the wt off permanently. If you'll stick around here and never give up, you will amaze yourself at what you can achieve!!

Enjoy your journey!

RG_DFW SparkPoints: (145,817)
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7/14/12 7:12 A

Welcome to SparkPeople!

One of my daily goals is to hit 100 SparkPoints. When I do that, I've not only read articles, I've interacted with other members by reading and commenting on their blogs and writing my own blog. 100 points gets me here and gets me active each and every day.

When I started, I made the commitment to workout daily and write a blog about it. On days when I don't feel like doing it, I think about the blog I need to write and I certainly do NOT want to write that I was lazy and did not work out.

Maintain your goals on your SparkPage (that's what all the goal-setting gurus write about) and make the goals public on your page. Write about it on your blog every day.

Weight loss = calorie maintenance, cardio, and strength. Calorie maintenance is every day, cardio is at least five days per week, and strength is 3 to 4 days per week. I believe you need all three for a successful weight loss and fitness program.

Above all, be consistent. Doing something toward you goal every day will pay big rewards over the next few months. You can do this!

LAURIE5658 SparkPoints: (279,834)
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Posts: 22,275
7/14/12 6:12 A

Hi emoticon and congratulations on beginning your Spark journey!

There's so much here to help you along the way and excellent advice to setting and achieving healthy goals. With the thousands and thousands of fellow Sparkers you will always find someone you can connect with. I am always amazed how many lives have been changed for the better through the use of SparkPeople.

If you have not already done so, I suggest that you check out the videos in the "Healthy Lifestyle" section. Scroll down for the site orientation videos.

That should point you in the right direction. I find that if you just start looking around Spark, you will quickly learn about the wonderful tools available for your use. After being a Sparker since 2007, I still find something new and very useful.

Welcome and best wishes!
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BIGSKYCHERIE SparkPoints: (101,581)
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7/14/12 4:11 A

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Welcome to SP--you're off to a great start here. Keep posting and tracking daily. Setting up your own Spark page so we can get to know you is a great help. And remember, we're all in this together. We help one another to get to the goal of a healthy weight and lifestyle. Together WE CAN DO IT!! emoticon emoticon

TIGERLILY0677 SparkPoints: (0)
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7/14/12 1:01 A

Hi Laura, I would love to be your friend so we can support each other through the ups and downs of dieting. We face so many challenges in this process and having a buddy just makes it a bit easier. I am willing to go thru this with you!

MAMAWALMART SparkPoints: (25)
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7/14/12 12:48 A

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Glad to see you have taken your 1st step on your journey to a healthier you. Hope you take advantage of the wonderful tools SparkPeople make available for you.
Nutrition and Fitness Tracker
Spark Teams
Spark Points
Articles and Success Stories
I recommend you find a Spark Team you have common interests with and join the team. There you can meet many Spark friends that will be happy to give you the support and motivation you will need on your journey.
I wish you continued success on your journey. Feel free to stop by my Spark Page and I will gladly help you in any way I can.
God Bless and Keep Smiling

LADYLAURA75 SparkPoints: (0)
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7/14/12 12:45 A

Hi everyone!

I've been diagnosed with a few issues, though nothing terribly severe yet (knock wood lol). But, it made me realize I need to lose this weight or it will get worse. I was really leaning toward bariatric surgery, and researched it, talked to people, I'm thinking maybe just learning how to eat right and really..REALLY sticking to it would help. It's been hard for me because I am your average yo-yo dieter, and I'm really tired of having to watch what I eat.

I would love to make some new friends and be able to support each other :) If anyone is interested in a weight loss buddy, feel free to message anytime!

Thanks :)

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